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Turner Gill gets green

Posted in NCAA Football with tags , , , on January 28, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

The University of Buffalo Bulls were considered one of the worst football teams in America before 2005–then Turner Gill arrived. Gill, a former Nebraska quarterback, coached the Bulls to a MAC conference championship in 2008 after beating a 12-0 Ball State team.

Now head coach at Kansas, Gill has a chance to succeed in the big-leagues of college football…all while making $2 million a year.

Gill becomes the fifth-highest paid coach in the Big 12. He’ll also have opportunities for bonuses if conference championships are won, the Jayhawks play in a BCS game, and if the national championship game is ever reached–that last one seems a bit far-off, but there’s $200,000 at stake.

The salary increase is all new for Gill.

Buffalo paid the coach $401,300 in 2009, Business First of Buffalo reported last November. That’s far from stingy to the average American, but compare that to $2 mil…that’s serious dough.

I can let out a big huffy sigh thinking about what-might-have-been had I made different career decisions…or I can laugh about how ridiculous college football can be–I’ll choose the latter.

As Gill has shown so clear, a hard-working life can pay the bills!

Victors!

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Worst of the worst

Posted in NCAA Football with tags , , on January 27, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Sure we always talk about how there are 120 FBS teams in America, but how many of us really think about those outside the top 30 or 40? It’s actually quite embarrassing to analyze the rear-end of the sport. Sometimes I do it just to get a good laugh; the latest victim to play ant-under-the-magnifying-glass is Washington State.

Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk pounded the gavel Wednesday. The 2010 season will be the first year the Cougs don’t play a game at Seattle’s Qwest Field since 2001.

Why? Well for one, WSU’s contract expired after last season’s game against Hawaii. There’s something else though…

“Washington State needs to draw at least 50,000 people for a Seattle game to make it worth moving the game away from Pullman (WA),” Sterk said.

Attendance during the Hawaii game last September was announced at 42,912; the 2008 season saw 50,830 when the Cougars played Oklahoma State.

Since 2003 WSU hasn’t had a winning season. The past two years saw records of 2-10 (2008) and 1-11 (2009). It’s no real wonder then why Sterk is so quick to eliminate the idea of playing at Qwest. No one wants to watch UNLV, a mediocre team, play hunter while WSU runs in circles awaiting it’s demise.

Football isn’t supposed to make children cry, and that’s what happens when the Cougars play.

No wonder WSU is a party capitol; I’d be fast to grab the bottle too if I were stuck in the frozen tundra, forced to take classes with no real football to help warm my soul.

If you can't cheer, pose.

Horns and Aggies keep up turkey battle

Posted in Longhorns Football, NCAA Football with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

The University of Texas and Texas A&M University will continue their Thanksgiving evening brawl, it was announced Tuesday along with the added UT home games against BYU and UTEP for 2011 and 2012.

Through the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Longhorns will play their annual rivalry game against the Aggies during Thanksgiving dinner. Just this last season, the two teams fought to the bitter end at TAMU’s Kyle Field; Texas won 49-39.

This year, the Aggies will travel to Austin, but things will be a bit different on the Burnt Orange side of the ball. Record-setting Longhorn QB Colt McCoy will not be around to help lead UT towards a victory; rather, young-gun Garrett Gilbert will play under center. The Aggies will be playing with an experienced group, including the very exciting QB Jerrod Johnson.

If you’ve never watched the Lone Star Showdown, please do this coming November; it’s a major tribute to another heated rivalry that makes the college spectacle so wonderful.

What are they thinking?

Posted in NCAA Football with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli

College football is a dramatic event, which is why millions upon millions watch the sport. But does that mean college athletes–or important figures in general–need to make their personal lives dramatic just to support the sport? I say absolutely not, but these days it’s as if participants’ lives are naturally attracted to the emotional effect that drama induces.

Whether or not recent allegations against Oregon football players are found to be true, it forces me to reminisce about past legal developments in the college football universe. All I can say is,  please, for the love of God! Just THINK!

The dilemmas that college athletes–in particular, football players–put themselves in is mind boggling.

Why on Earth would you ever decide to enter a mindset that will most likely damage, or destroy, any reputation you have built, any respect you have gained, or even the hopes and dreams you have created for yourself? It just makes no sense; it’s terribly disturbing to me.

Nothing is more upsetting to watch than someone work so hard to accomplish a goal(s), only to do something STUPID that ruins everything.

People blame the media for getting involved and telling the story. It’s not our fault though! It’s the SUBJECT’S fault for choosing to do something against the law.

It was former Texas receiver Dan Buckner’s fault for putting himself in a position of arrest; it was Florida DE Carlos Dunlap’s fault for driving while intoxicated and being arrested for it; it’s the fault of anyone who decides to say, “Hey, I’m just going to say ‘FUCK this! I’m not going to get caught. Nothing’s going to happen to me.'”

One of my best friends always says, “Karma’s a bitch!”

Is there anything more true? Doubt it.

Athletes in important positions or situations need to start reaaaalllly thinking about the choices they make. Sure it gives folks, including myself, ammo within the media world and helps pay bills, but it doesn’t mean we always ENJOY having to put the stories out.

Just because we write about negative things doesn’t mean we’re ‘all for negativity for negativity sake’.

Some quick advice: if you’re a popular person or someone that the media may find interesting, think to yourself, “If I do this, will the media be able to attack me in a negative light? Is there ANY possible way someone with a connection will give my decision up to the press?” If the answers are “yes”, then just walk away…don’t do it.

Becoming a symbol of what NOT to do isn’t a good thing, so choose wisely.

We’ll find you if you’ve done wrong, and we’ll make money doing it; reporters need to make a living.

Former Longhorn Dan Buckner

Florida DE Carlos Dunlap

It’s looking like Muschamp will stay

Posted in Longhorns Football, NCAA Football with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Reports have been trickling out that Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will stay with the Longhorns.

Soon after Lane Kiffin left for Southern California, Tennessee tried luring Muschamp to Knoxville. Texas recruiting commits were contacted by UT staff to let them know Muschamp will remain in Austin.

It’s also likely that Texas has increased Muschamp’s salary. He has been making nearly $1 million since 2008 and is now considered one of the best defensive minds in the country. Texas head coach Mack Brown is now on a $5 million-a-year salary, which is the highest for a college coach in America.

Texas DC Will Muschamp (left) with HC Mack Brown (right)

Muschamp on top of Tennessee list

Posted in Longhorns Football, NCAA Football with tags , , , on January 13, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Since it was announced Tuesday evening that Lane Kiffin is leaving Tennessee to become the head coach at USC, UT has been on the search for a proper replacement; the top of the list has Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator at Texas.

Will Muschamp, DC at Texas and head-coach-in-waiting, came to the Longhorns from Alabama starting in 2008. Since then he has become a leading force behind Texas’ success defensively. It’s no surprise that Tennessee is looking in his direction. Muschamp had years of experience with Alabama under head coach Nick Saban. SEC familiarity might be one of UT’s requirements, or at least high preferences.

OrangeBloods.com has reported, however, that many sources at Texas are “not concerned” with Muschamp leaving. The same sources say Muschamp is comfortable with his situation and there is no worry the Volunteers will sweep him away from the Longhorns program.

Any confirmation of his decision will be reported.

Even Pete Carroll’s wake brings future success for USC

Posted in NCAA Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

The University of Tennessee’s football head coach, Lane Kiffin, 34, announced Tuesday evening that he is leaving to become USC’s new head coach.

Just when things in the college football world seemed to be settling down, Lane Kiffin jumps ship after just one season at Tennessee. This surprising news comes after a month-long coaching hiatus, including Brian Kelly leaving Cincinnati, Urban Meyer “taking a break” from Florida, and Pete Carroll ending an epic career at USC to coach the Seattle Seahawks.

Pete Carroll and the Trojans have had a successful decade, and, even with Carroll’s departure, the Southern California dominance might still continue with the coaching package it has just put together.

USC has not just gained Lane Kiffin, a former coach under Pete Carroll between 2001-2006, but also Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (Lane Kiffin’s father), and assistant head coach and recruiting mastermind Ed Orgeron.

Monte Kiffin, heralded as one of America’s best defensive minds, will pick up where Carroll left off. Well, at least that’s what USC is hoping will happen.

Ed Orgeron, Pete Carroll’s recruiting genius between 2001-2004, will be hoping to take back any recruits that have recently de-committed after the Carroll news began. His success as a recruiter cannot be denied by anyone. During his tenure at USC, Orgeron helped Carroll and the Trojans gain top honors for recruiting classes each season. Tennessee¬† currently ranks #6 in the country for the 2010 recruiting class; that will most likely change when Volunteer recruiting prospects are broken the recent news.

So, all is right in Los Angeles, right? Well, for USC it seems so, but UCLA has a problem. Sources have been told that Norman Chow, UCLA offensive coordinator, will be contacted by the new gang. Chow also comes from the USC program.

So, all is wrong in Knoxville, right? That’s a ten-four good buddy!

The hole that Tennessee is put in will have a lasting effect. Recruits pulled in by Kiffin’s group will start turning away, fans will continue showing their anger through verbal abuse, and the school will be left finding a proper coach. The current interim coach is supposedly wide receivers coach Kippy Brown.

Tomorrow will bring another day, but obviously from the past month’s college football news, it will also bring more drama.

This isn’t over yet…

New USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin